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tonight on "nightline," inside job. a "nightline" investigation. the people who screen your luggage to keep your safe could be helping themselves to your stuff. tonight, we trace our own stolen ipad to a tsa agent's home. >> my wife says she got the ipad and brought it home. >> that can't be true. he's revered by millions, a guru to 50 cent and lady gaga, but now, his son has made a new film that shows his dad's less enlightened side. and exclusive interview with father and son about the real deepak. and, abs are back. from david beckham to cameron diaz, the hottest stars are rocking these abs. we hit the gym with form eer re housewife kelly bensimon to see
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what it takes to look like this. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," september 27th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. if you've ever lost something at an airport, you probably wondered where that camera or ipod really ended up. well, tonight, we've got a sting operation that could bring you some answers. sometimes your favorite shiny toys can end up in the homes of people who screen your baggage. the tsa officers at the security gate. with the help of simple tracking technology and some tempting bait, abc's brian ross brings us this "nightline" investigates. >> reporter: this is the tsa security screening checkpoint at terminal b of the airport in orlando, florida. a place where this $600 ipad, belonging to abc news, was left behind, on purpose, and then
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disappeared. abc news tape shows it was last seen at the airport in the hands of this tsa officer, andy ramirez. and then, several hours later, we were able to track our i pad using its find me app also it moved away from the airport. step by step, until it stopped at an address 30 miles away, the home of the same tsa officer, last seen with our ipad. two weeks later, we showed up to get it back from tsa officer ramirez. brian ross from abc news. give me a hand here. we're looking for a missing ipad. >> missing ipad? >> reporter: yeah. and the tracking device shows it is located right here at this address. >> okay. >> reporter: is it here? >> no, sir. >> reporter: but as you will see, that would turn out to be not true. >> it's horrible that you would have individuals engaged in this activity, wearing a federal
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badge, conducting a security check. this is the tip of the iceberg. >> reporter: we found case after case of tsa theft in our abc news investigation. including this tsa officer in memphis, seen at an empty ticket counter, trying to stash a laptop left behind at a security checkpoint. and then, draping a jacket over it and walking away. he was convicted of theft and fired. according to new figures provided to abc news by the tsa, some 381 tsa officers have been fired for theft. 11 this year alone. >> it was like being on drugs. it was like an addiction that i couldn't shake. >> reporter: addicted to stealing? >> yeah, i was like, what am i doing? but the next day, i was right back at it. >> reporter: to date, no tsa officer has been caught stealing more than pythias brown. he manned a luggage screening machine at newark and estimates
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he stole some $800,000 worth of items from passenger luggage in a four-year crime spree. >> i could tell whether it was cameras or laptops or portable cameras or whatever kind of electronic was in the bag. >> reporter: that's what you wanted? >> yeah. >> reporter: once you saw that -- >> i would alarm the bag. >> reporter: that gave you the justification to open it? >> yes. >> reporter: just out of prison, where he served three years, brown told abc news theft was easy. part of a culture of indifferences at tsa, whose officers are among the lowest paid employees of the federal government. you knew what you were doing was wrong? >> yes. >> reporter: but you did it anyway? >> yes. >> reporter: why did you do it? >> just playing in with the rest of them, of, i don't care and, they ain't treating us right and they're not paying us right. >> reporter: brown showed us the action he used at the airport where he says no one is checked for stolen goods. >> it was so easy, one day, i walked right out of the checkpoint with a wii in my
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hand. >> reporter: nobody said anything? >> nobody said a word. >> reporter: anybody say "watch yourself?" >> yeah, one gentlemen came to me, said, they're talking about you in the office, be careful. i said, okay. >> reporter: you got a tipoff? >> yeah. >> reporter: for passengers who are victims of theft, many find they are on their own when something goes missing. >> i wasn't happy. and the cold shoulder from the airlines was even more devastating. >> reporter: dallas businessman dirk had to track down his ipad himself after it disappeared from his checked luggage. >> i was kind of astonished it wasn't but a few miles away from the airport. >> reporter: using the find me app, he tracked his missing ipad to the home of this man. tsa officer clayton dovo, who authorities say was found with at least five other stolen ipads when he was arrested. >> the fact he used his position to violate that trust makes it so much worse. >> reporter: in our own investigation, involving ten
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major airporments all with a history of tsa theft, we checked bags with ipads and cash and left behind ipads at tsa checkpoints. all the luggage made it past tsa safely. >> $500 and the ipad. >> reporter: and in 9 out of 10 cases, at carry-on che checkpoints -- >> please come back to the podium. >> reporter: tsa screening officers did exactly what they are trained to do. >> this is anthony calling from tsa lost and found, department of homeland security. i believe you lost your ipad with us when you flew out today from delta. >> reporter: but it with a different story in orlando, where our ipad was last seen in the hands of tsa officer andy ramirez. we waited two weeks before we showed up at his house. the tracking device shows it is located right here at this address. >> okay. >> reporter: is it here? >> no, sir. >> reporter: and, again and again, ramirez denied knowing anything about the missing ipad. did you take it? >> no, sir.
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>> reporter: you did not? >> no, sir. >> reporter: shortly after we set off an alarm on the ipad, ramirez produced it. you found it? there it is. with his tsa uniform now off, ramirez said it was his wife who had taken the ipad -- >> come in -- >> reporter: i don't want to come in. i want to explain how this ipad left at a tsa screening station ended up in your house. >> my wife -- >> reporter: your wife? >> my wife says she got the ipad and brought it home. >> reporter: that can't be true. the last time we saw it, it was in your hands. ramirez was fired late yesterday. tsa says it has a zero tolerance policy of stealing. the tsa director refused to be interviewed for our report, but in a statement, the agency said the vast majority of its employees are honest, hardworking individuals. but of course, it only takes a few, or, in the case of the tsa, a few hundred, to give everyone a black eye. terry?
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>> pretty dramatic sting. thanks, brian, for that report. next up, we're going to told to deepak chopra, like you've never seen him before, in an intimate new documentary, made by his own son. what they both have to say about it, next. thank you, mr. speaker, uh, members of congress. in celebration of over 75 years of our government employees insurance company,
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>> announcer: "nightline" continues from new york city with terry moran. >> beloved by oprah, adored by gaga, over his nearly three decades of teaching, minded a body guru deepak chopra has created nothing short of a spiritual empire. but now, a new documentary, made by his own son, is surprising some surprisinged a jektives his
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way, like smartphone aticket and detached father. abc's dan harris sat down with both chopras to discuss the film. >> reporter: deepak chopra, spiritual teacher to stars like kim kardashian, 50 cent and lady gaga. >> the most influential person in my life. >> reporter: and the author of 67 books is revered by millions. but not, apparently, by his own son. >> he's meditating. >> reporter: gotham chopra, deepak's only son, is about to release a documentary called "decoding deepak," that is an up close -- >> okay, just keep filming. >> reporter: and not always flattering portrait that has some of his father's followers fuming. >> there's no ego in it. >> none whatsoever. >> yeah, right. >> reporter: in this movie, your son shows you scratching your
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butt, sleeping when you are meditated. obsessed with being in the public eye and detached from your own family. so, how is it that you are still on speaking terms? >> i think maybe i should get up and leave the room. >> no, it's -- i'm detached, as i said. even in the movie, i said that. my love for him is none of his business. and i would love himmer representative of that. >> reporter: no part of you were annoyed, upset? >> i was not personally offended. >> there's nothing to be offended by. you know, he's a human being. his audience often has a very idealized version of him. and that is a hard expectation to meet. >> reporter: in the film, gotham portrays himself as the prodigal son who was groomed to inherit the keeps to his father's spiritual empire, but instead, went off to be a journalist and filmmaker. >> that was shooting. >> reporter: going to be a frud yan temptation to see this movie as a son who is angry at his dad for not being around. >> it's not even frud yan.
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my father was not the father who came to soccer games or played catch in the front yard. >> reporter: in our interview, gotham was at pains to point out that his portrayal is also an affectionate one. >> i never set out to destroy my father, it's called "decoding deepak," not destroying. i'm sensitive to that. >> reporter: his cameras chase his frenetic father across the globe for a year, during which deepak often tries to commandeer the film. >> the story begins about the 1952. i think that should be the ending, with special effects. >> reporter: "nightline" makes a cameo in this scene, where deepak is supposedly on a meditation retreat, but instead stug about a redent debated we hosted with his arch nemesis, the skeptic michael shermer. >> nonlocal guy. >> you're supposed to be detached from that right now. >> i'm not. i was a little upset. >> pissed off. >> yeah. >> reporter: in the next scene,
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deepak gets his head shaved and is ordained as a monk, though he does not let go of his blackberry. >> send me a text before you leave. >> reporter: he also tweaks his dad about giving incomprehensive speeches, an issue that gotham and i teased deepak about this. >> the universe is a nano technology workshop in the mind of god. >> reporter: that's where it gets hard to understand. >> why? i mean, you are using -- >> reporter: let's poll the room. >> i'm glad everybody is getting a window into my world. every time you think you are here, you slip into the matrix. >> reporter: there are a lot of tough moments in the film, but it is in gotham's word, a love letter to his father, who came from india, became a pioneer in mind-body medicine and has impacted countless lives. >> i am moved quite regularly now by people who came up to me on the street and say, your father helped me through one of the darkest periods of my life.
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>> reporter: still, deepak says when he saw the film, it was a bit of a wakeup call. >> i think i've gone through some transition and some introspection. >> are you always right? >> am i always right? i tend to think that i am. and maybe i am wrong and people see me as wrong many times. maybe there's some truth there. >> reporter: a world famous spiritual teacher who may now have learned a few things from his own son. for "nightline," this is dan harris in new york. >> father and son. "decoding deepak" opens october 5th and deepak says he's no longer using that blackberry when he's with other people, he says. thanks to dan for that. just ahead, gwen stefani and jake gyllenhaal. when it comes to abs, it's all about rocking that v-cut. how much you'd have to sweat to ♪
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and if pain keeps you up, when we got married. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball. those years were crazy. so, as we go into this next phase, you know, a big part of it for us is that there isn't anything on the schedule.
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bathing suit season is over, the holly days are on the horizon. just when you thought it was safe to slouch, there's a new trend. impossibly toned stomachs. the fittest of the fit are per suing something called a v-cut.
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abc's paula faris hit the gym to find out how much it hurts to look that good, with tonight's "sign of the times." >> reporter: for michael phelps, camera die yaz, jake gyllenhaal, even gwen stefani. these a-listers are all about the v. v-cut abs are the latest trend in the celeb circle. look out six-back. the v-cut abs are the new situation. kelly bensimon's got the v. remember her? well, we tagged aid long as she showed us how she gets them here at barry's bootcamp, where she's about to get rocked. >> you want toned abs. >> reporter: if v stands for victory, her super trainer, no what neiman, is victorious. >> make sure you are using your abs. i want you to lean it back. >> it's this ligament right there. and then there's the muscle that wraps around to your spine. >> reporter: how did the v happen?
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>> everybody is striving for that point of differentiation. what's going to separate you from the elite? and it's going to be that v-cut now. i call it the road to the promised land. >> reporter: bensimon is well on her way. you are 44. do you think you've ever looked better than this? >> this is probably the best i've ever looked. >> reporter: but to get these results, the former model has put in some hard work. >> eight seconds. start getting that speed up. >> reporter: grueling workouts like this, five to six days a week. and her diet is just as important. >> i do eat well in fueling my body so my body can, you know, get more muscular and it can get more lean. >> reporter: as for who gets the credit for the original v-cut, well, there are some serious contenders. there's brad pitt in the 1999 hit "fight club." r & b singer deangelo showing no shame when sporting his super v. ♪ but our bets on beckham.
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we saw him sporting them on the beach as well as during soccer games. gone are the days where everybody wants that common six-pack. >> reporter: the look comes at a price. one class at barry's bootcamp is $30. the average person may not be able to afford a celebrity trainer. what can they do on their own? >> rocky. you saw him in the barn hanging from the rafters doing the reverse decline situp, the hanging leg raises, the dips, where you twist and torque your obliques. i know you're in the zone, baby. >> reporter: for bensimon, pain is temporary. victory forever. for "nightline," i'm paula faris in new york. >> the v-cut. thanks to paula for that. thank you for watching abc news. we hope you check in for "good morning america." they're working while you're sleeping. we're always online at jimmy kimmel is up next. see you here tomorrow.


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